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This beauty treatment (shudder) was launched in Japan last year and has made its way to the UK. Proponents believe proteins in mucus from snails that have been fed organic fruits and vegetables fights aging. The treatment involves letting snails crawl across your face while a facialist stands by to make sure they don't go into your eyes, mouth or nose. Cringing hard here.
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The fish pedicure, wherein tiny fish nibble away at the dead skin on your feet, was made famous when a pregnant Kim Kardashian received one while on vacation in Greece — on her reality show, of course. The service is not legal in many parts of the US, due to concerns around infection and bacteria. We'll stick with a hearty scrub with a pumice stone, thank you.
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This procedure is already quite common, as it was originally conceived to create new "nipples" for breast cancer patients after mastectomies. There are artists who specialize in this restorative practice, which is a great way to make women feel good about themselves. However, in the past few years, it has become an increasingly popular practice in the UK to get one's areoles expanded and darkened in a quest for "perfect" nipples. Sigh.
Bird Poop Facial
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Think that pretty nightingale can give you great skin? Many women do! Imported from Japan, the "bird poop facial" contains enzymes extracted from the waste of nightingales (don't ask us how that works), brushed on the face to exfoliate the skin, keeping it soft. We'd probably be okay with this if we didn't know where the exfoliant came from. But, we do know. And we can't not know.
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The toe tuck, or toe slimming, is one of those procedures we thought was an urban legend for a long time. Unhappy with the look of wide toes, or wanting to fit into the slenderest of high heels, women are getting portions of their small and large toes "slimmed." This involves cutting the toe open, removing fat, and filing down the bone. That's a lot to fit into shoes. A lot.